Sidley Austin LLP announced on May 24 the addition of Holt Foster, a leading energy transactional lawyer in Texas, as a partner. 

Based in its Dallas office, Foster will be a member of Sidley’s global energy and infrastructure group and a practice area team co-leader of the energy practice.

Holt Foster
Holt Foster

“Holt’s dedication to client service and entrepreneurial spirit make him a great fit with the Sidley culture,” commented Yvette Ostolaza, managing partner of Sidley’s Dallas office and chair-elect of the firm’s management committee, in a statement on May 24.

“His reputation among the premier private equity funds and the Dallas area business community made him attractive to us,” Ostolaza said. “We also already shared some clients so it was a natural fit.”

Foster joins Sidley from Thompson Knight where he has served on the firm’s management committee and as head of the Dallas office.

“Having known Holt for over 15 years, I have always had great respect for his insights, his expertise, and the value he brings to his clients,” added Cliff Vrielink, global leader of the energy and Infrastructure practice and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

As one of the leading energy transactional lawyers in Dallas, Foster represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in buying and selling energy assets, including some of the industry’s largest funds, focusing on M&A, financings and formation of private equity funds, according to a release from Sidley.

In addition to energy transactions, Foster has expertise in a broad range of industries including high-tech and software, the firm added in its release noting his work with public and private companies, both domestically and internationally, in these industries on structuring and negotiating transactions.

“We are thrilled that Holt is joining our market-leading energy team,” Vrielink said. “His addition will help us continue to grow our practice in Texas and globally.”

With 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the globe, Sidley is a premier legal adviser for clients across the spectrum of industries. The firm is headquartered in Chicago.